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Jaime Bergman: Beach Babe & Busy Mom

With her electric looks and striking sex appeal, Jaime Bergman, star of FX-TV’s Son of the Beach, may not look the part, but she’s just an old fashioned girl.

At age 26, she wed her husband, David Boreanaz, star of Angel, so they could celebrate their love and start a family. And they meant business: Bergman is due with their first child in May. Everything about their union has been a throwback to another era: She says when they met at a Valentine’s party last year, it was “love at first sight,” and they have been together every day since then; her engagement ring dates back to the 1920s; they were married at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, Calif., known for hosting the biggest names of “Old Hollywood”; his wedding tuxedo was reminiscent of the 1940s while she could have been Marilyn Monroe reincarnated; and, in a departure from “modern” Hollywood couples, they made sure they wed before Baby arrived. And, despite their hectic schedules, their new life is coming together nicely.

“We’re working 14- to 15-hour days and eat out a lot, but on weekends we try to cook,” Bergman says, noting that the couple is remodeling their kitchen to make it more family-friendly. Food is a big issue now that she is pregnant, and thankfully, morning sickness has not been much of an issue. The even better news is that Bergman was able to conquer her addiction to junk food – she actually ate up to two candy bars per day – and now dreams of healthy foods. “I crave vegetables and fruits, salad with ranch dressing, or chicken noodle soup with cheese,” she says. “No pickles and ice cream!”

The youngest of two children born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, this old fashioned girl refuses to find out the sex of the baby before birth or even pick out a name until she holds her baby in her arms. “We want it to be a surprise,” she says. “I want to do this as old fashioned as possible.”

Pregnancy Fears
When she first learned she was pregnant, Bergman’s biggest fear was gaining weight. Being a star on a TV show in which she wears a bathing suit every episode made her concerned over whether or not the weight would affect her career. “I realized that was very selfish thinking,” she says. “My body needs it [the weight], my baby needs it.” Since the pregnancy was written into the show, Bergman is breathing a sigh of relief. “The pregnancy is going to be exposed. Gaining weight was an issue for me – now I decided it’s a beautiful thing.”

But in order to stay in shape as much as possible, Bergman is “working out more now than I was before pregnancy. I want to keep toned.” Two to three times per week, her typical workout includes light weight training, walking on a treadmill and prenatal yoga. “I like taking classes because I can bond with the other pregnant women and hear what they do.” Before pregnancy, she did higher intensity workouts, such as Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo. Now, she wears a heart monitor watch to make sure she’s not overdoing it.

Bergman’s current fear is centered on the delivery. “I’m nervous about labor,” she says. “There’s a fear of going through the process of childbirth, the pain and not knowing what’s going to happen.”

Preparing for Childbirth
Upon learning she was pregnant, Bergman and Boreanaz hit the bookstore and bought about 10 books – some for her and some for him. She recommends Birthing from Within (Partera Press, 1998) by Pam England and Rob Horowitz. He recommends She’s Having a Baby: And I’m Having a Breakdown (Perennial Currents, 1998) by James Douglas Barron.

In addition to books, the two are attending childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes at the hospital where they will deliver their child. “Even though I’m taking Lamaze, I probably won’t go with a natural birth,” Bergman says. “I don’t want to test my power just yet. My husband’s sister did it and said it was beautiful, but I’m not pain tolerant. I’ll probably get an epidural.”

Click here for Bergman’s Pregnancy Tips.

Boreanaz will serve as Bergman’s coach for the birth. “He’s the only one I want in the room with me. He has been completely involved in everything. I don’t know how I’m going to be [in labor], so it’ll be just David, with my family outside waiting.” Boreanaz couldn’t be more excited to be a father. “It’s surreal right now,” Bergman says. “I’ll walk into a room and he’ll go, ‘Oh, my God! We’re really having a baby.’ It’s a blessing.”

They also are preparing their home for the new arrival. “We have a room we are changing into the nursery. It won’t be so cutesy; no clouds and balloons. It’ll be a more weathered, rustic room. Not knowing the sex, it’s hard to pick colors, but maybe a mint green.”

Postpartum Plans
While nothing is certain once a baby enters the world, Bergman plans to take a month of maternity leave and then return to the show. “I’ll take the baby with me to work. We’re given a trailer, so the baby can stay there with a nanny. On the set, there’s so much down time that I can be with the family. I want to be with the baby as much as possible.”

While Bergman is enjoying her work on Son of the Beach, she dreams of being on a sit-com or starring in a film. But as with most parents, Bergman realizes that life will be very different, very soon. “I’m just taking it one step at a time.”

Bergman gave birth to her first child May 1,2002, a boy named Jaden Rayne, and shared her views on pregnancy with iParenting’s Editor-in-Chief, Elisa Ast All, while she was six months pregnant.